Q: What kind of influences affected the story of “Undoing Life”?
A: “Undoing Life” is like The Truman Show meets Groundhog’s Day meets The Butterfly Effect. (Thanks to Nefarious Old man for mentioning it in the review you wrote!)
Q: What is “Undoing Life” about?
A: Sal Chancellor has a mundane, unfulfilling life until he finds a watch that lets him go back within his time line. He uses his new ability to undo all the horrible events that has happened to him. Sal is able to make enough money to leave his dead-end job and pursue wooing the woman who has been dating him on and off for a decade. All the while, Sal is being observed from a militant research team 400 years in the future. Colonel Lucile Arbeck along with her crew study the ramifications of time travel as Sal is changing his life. Every one who has played with the time Devices have ended in traveling. Arbeck’s men and women hope to learn enough by observing Sal in order to prevent future tragedies.
Q: How did you first come up with the concepts in “Undoing Life”?
A: I grew up without a filter on my mouth. As a child and young adult, I tended to say every little thing that came to my mind. I often said things that were inappropriate or offensive–without meaning to. In college, this was particularly humiliating as I was attempting to be involved in discussions and collaborations. I wished I could go back a mere 10 seconds and keep myself from saying things that I shouldn’t. The rest of the story grew from that single desire.
Q: Who is your favorite character from “Undoing Life”?
A: That’s always difficult to answer. There are minor things about every character that I love: Fanny’s confidence despite physical flaws, Selma’s dismissive cynicism, Velma’s blind passion, Graham’s strange speech style, etc… But I suppose my favorite character is Arbeck. Lucile has a rather fascinating back story–most of it I’ve hidden from the readers until the very end of the book. I’m hoping someday to write a sequel that I can explore deeper.
Q: It’s been almost 2 years since you published “Undoing Life.” If you could go back and rewrite it, what would you change about it?
A: “Undoing Life” is currently a novella–not long enough to be an actual book. If I could go back, I’d add more description and details about the characters to make it longer and have the word count requirement of a book.
Q: When will you write a sequel to “Undoing Life”?
A: I can’t answer that right now. I do hope to write another story. I certainly end “Undoing Life” in a good place to set up novella number 2. My time and creative energy is currently devoted to other writing projects, but my subconscious is stewing over a couple ideas.
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